Boudewijn Rempt, replying to Brook Conner: >> I *believe* it is from the book "Gnomes" by Portviet (sp?), a large, > >I didn't know Rien Poortvliet had spread that far... He's a Dutch >illustrator - I hesitate to call him an artist, despite his great >technical prowess. The Dutch title is 'De Kabouter'. Can't remember >much about a language, though. Essentially, it's a kind of conservative >ecological manifest. The Poortvliet book was translated into English as "Gnomes", and was a best-seller in the US during the early 80s. The word "slitzweitz" does indeed come from that book. Matt.